Our Platinum Account Manager, Jackie, recently returned from a twin-centre trip to Greece. Read her expert tips for staying on Santorini here and read on to discover her top 5 luxury hotels in Mykonos…
Following Santorini, Mykonos was our next port of call, just a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from Santorini (the port here appears to be chaotic but runs incredibly efficiently and the ferry is comfortable and quick).
Mykonos offers something for everyone; it is a lively island during the peak summer months, but there are also plenty of family friendly hotels and tranquil hideaways perfect for those seeking out a more peaceful holiday experience. I was lucky enough to visit some fantastic hotels on the island – below is my top five places to stay for a magical Mykonos experience.
Grace Mykonos is just two minutes from the port and offers a truly boutique experience full of tranquillity and attention to detail. This is a great location for watching the ships come in, and the town is only a 5-minute drive away, if a livelier evening is required!
Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites
Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites is a small boutique hotel ideally located just 10 minutes from Mykonos town and close to the popular beaches. Accommodation here is rustic in style with large feature pieces of furniture and open plan bathrooms – almost Maldivian in feel.
Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
For those seeking a more resort-style place to stay, the Mykonos Grand is a fabulous option. Couples, singles and families alike will be equally happy with spacious, light rooms and easy access to get out and about for exploring.
Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort
Santa Marina is probably one of the best-known hotels on the island. This is a property people return to year after year; a true luxury option, the hotel is refurbished and renovated each winter to ensure the very best for guests. You’ll find great dining here and real attention to detail – from the egg-shaped sun loungers to the world class cocktails. The hotel’s beach bar has fabulous views of the private sandy beach which is manicured to perfection.
My last stop on this trip was the Myconian Collection. This is a group of hotels owned by a local family who started with one hotel and it developed from there. The Myconian Ambassador is located on Platis Gialos beach (near the famous Psarou beach). It’s a stunning hotel with a raised pool area to give views of the surrounding coast; this place really ticks all the boxes with great dining and a Thalasso spa.
It was just a 20-minute drive onward to the Myconian Villa Collection which is located at Elia Beach, a quieter and less developed part of the island about 20 minutes’ drive from Mykonos town. This hotel offers great flexibility – rooms can be closed off to create villa-style accommodation, or opened up to offer more traditional rooms, some with their own private pools.
We feature a number of hotels within the Myconian group, including the Myconian Avaton and the Myconian Utopia; each has its own individual style and amazing dining, really adding to what is available on the island.
After a short and easy flight back to Manchester, the adventure was over. I would definitely recommend Santorini and Mykonos – a great combination of islands with wonderful, friendly people and great food.